ALL THE EXPERIENCES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: direct return flights from London Gatwick to Rovaniemi. Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 3 nights in hotel accommodation and 1 night in Pyhä glass igloo
- Activities: Ice climbing (option to upgrade to amethyst mine visit), husky safari and Aurora snowshoeing (order of activities is subject to change).
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
- Cold weather clothing (Sunday Morning Resort only)
- Aurora alert system
The Sunday Morning Resort in Pyha Finland occupies some seriously prime real estate. Not only is it surrounded by forests and frozen lakes and right next to the incredible Pyhä-Luosto National Park, but it is also situated 100kms above the Arctic Circle - an excellent position for Northern Lights hunting.
This four-night stay makes the most of the location with an Aurora snowshoeing experience for a relaxing walk into the wilds during the dark Arctic night. Then on your last night, you will stay in a cosy glass igloo in Pyhä. Here, the bed is ideally placed under the half-glassed roof for the chance to see the Northern Lights as you lay tucked up under your duvet! What’s more, throughout your trip you will be able to use the Aurora alert system app which will notify you if the Northern Lights are in the sky.
Your first three nights will be in the main lodge hotel rooms at the Sunday Morning Resort, designed as a relaxing space to retire to after a day of activities. Your itinerary features an array of excursions, including one of the most sought-after winter experiences; dog sledding. You will try your hand as a musher as you and your team of sled dogs ride through the stunning winter scenes. We have also included an ice climbing experience, to really get up close to the frozen landscape. Accompanied by experienced guides, your hard work up the frozen waterfall will be rewarded with incredible views of the landscape.
The Sunday Morning Resort prides itself on its eco-credentials. It is a fully carbon-neutral resort due to the eco-friendly heating systems and dense forest surroundings, which acts as a carbon sink. There is also a brilliant range of environmentally-friendly activities you can choose from in your spare time, such as electric snowmobiles.
With its seemingly endless wilderness surroundings, brilliant Aurora potential and commitment to preserving this beautiful landscape, the Sunday Morning Resort is an excellent choice for your Northern Lights holiday.
Credit - Daniel Ernst and Visit Finland, Jani Kärppä & Kota Collective Ltd, Aleksi Mehtonen, Miika HäMäLäInen, Harri Lindfors
Arrival and Aurora Snowshoe
Once you arrive at Rovaniemi Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Sunday Morning Resort approximately 90 minutes away, to check into your hotel room in the main lodge.
Enjoy dinner in the restaurant ahead of your Northern Lights hunt. You will meet with your local guide who will fit you with snowshoes before leading you out into the Arctic night and on the lookout for the Aurora. Snowshoes will help you move over the deep snow with ease as you take to the trails and travel further into the wilderness, always looking up to the sky for the chance to see the Northern Lights. You will be out for approximately two hours.Included Meals: Dinner
Ice Climbing OR Visit to the Amethyst Mine and Free Evening
Fill up on breakfast ahead of your ice climbing experience.
You will travel to Pyhä and meet with professional guides who will teach you all you need to know to try ice climbing. Once you are comfortable with the techniques, you will climb the ice wall twice. The wall is approximately 20 metres high which gives you an excellent vantage point to see more of the stunning winter scenes. Please note this activity is suitable for those with moderate physical condition and at least 12 years old and you will be out for approximately 2.5 hours.
If you prefer, you could swap this experience for a visit to an amethyst mine. You will travel to Lampivaara hill via the special snowtrain where your guide will tell you about the history of the amethyst and you will be able to dig your very own stone to take with you as a brilliant souvenir.
Lunch and dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant and tonight you will have a free evening to spend as you please.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Husky Safari and Free Evening
Following breakfast, you will experience one of the most sought-after Arctic activities. After meeting with your local guide, you will travel to the nearby husky farm where you will meet with the excitable dogs.
You will receive a full safety briefing before travelling into the wilds for five kilometres with your loyal team of sled dogs out in front. You will ride two people per sled with one as a passenger and one as a musher, with the option to swap. Upon return to the husky farm, you will have time to thank the dogs and take some photos of your brilliant team.
Following lunch and dinner in the restaurant, you will have a free evening to spend as you please. You could add on a dedicated Northern Lights activity such as Aurora snowmobiling, found in our ‘Personalise’ tab.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Free Day and Glass Igloo
Today you have a free day to spend however you like. You could visit the nearby amethyst mine for a fantastic insight into this mesmerising gemstone - details can be found in our ‘Personalise’ tab.
Following lunch, you will transfer to your wonderful glass igloo to finish your holiday in serious style. You will have time to settle into your Aurora accommodation and our guides can recommend where to eat this evening (payable locally). Alternatively, you could go to the local supermarket, just five minutes away and make use of the kitchenette facilities in your igloo.
As night falls, your Northern Lights hunt begins, right from the comfort of your bed. Lay down and stare up at the Arctic sky through the large glass roof.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today it is sadly time for your Aurora retreat in the wilderness to come to an end. Following breakfast, we will transfer you back to the airport or if you have an early flight time, we will box up breakfast for you to enjoy on your journey.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
Aurora Electric Snowmobile Safari
Take the environmentally-friendly eSleds out into the Arctic night for an unforgettable Aurora hunt. Due to their low noise levels, these electronic versions are the only type of snowmobiles allowed in the nearby Pyhä Luosto National Park, meaning you have exclusive access to the expansive landscape.
You will meet with your local guide who will give you full instructions and a safety briefing on how to drive your electric snowmobile. Then it’s time to head out into the night and search the skies for a potential Northern Lights display.
Please note you must be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile. You will ride two per snowmobile but you can upgrade to a single rider for a supplement.
Duration: 2 hours
Electric Snowmobile Safari
The Sunday Morning Resort have a focus on sustainable tourism and a brilliant example of this is their eSled snowmobiles - electronic and environmentally-friendly and the only type of snowmobile allowed right up to the border of the Pyhä Luosto National Park. You will have exclusive access to the stunning surroundings, travelling up to the top of the fells.
You will meet with your local guide who will give you full instructions and a safety briefing before leading you out into the wilderness to explore the Arctic scenes.
Please note you must be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile. You will ride two per snowmobile but you can upgrade to a single rider for a supplement.
Choose your duration:
Nature Safari: 1.5 hours
Conquest to Pyhätunturi: 3 hours
Meeting the Reindeer
Complete your Lapland experience by meeting some of the most-loved animals.
During this activity, you will meet with local herders who will introduce you to their animals and tell you why reindeer herding is so important in this region.
This authentic insight into the traditions and livelihood also includes a peaceful sleigh ride in the wilderness.
There are two different reindeer options to choose from:
30 minutes: reindeer sleigh ride with a coffee break. Price from £89pp
1 hour: reindeer sleigh ride with lunch included afterwards. Price from £126pp
Image Credit: Harri Lindfors
Aurora Reindeer Sleigh ride
Stay cosy in your reindeer-pulled sleigh as you ride out into the dark night.
You will meet with your local guide and the much-loved Lappish animals before stepping into the sleigh and wrapping up warm. The reindeer will lead you further into the wilderness as you keep an eye on the sky for a potential Northern Lights display.
Duration: 2 hours
Available: January to March
Visit to the Amethyst Mine
Travel to Lampivaara hill via the special snowtrain where you will learn all about the fascinating amethyst gemstone formed approximately 2000 million years ago.
During your visit to the mine, your guide will tell you about the history of the amethyst and you will also dig your very own stone to take with you as a brilliant souvenir.
Duration: 3 hours
Electric Fatbike Tours
Explore the stunning natural surroundings on an electrically assisted Fatbike (E-Fatbike), a unique way to travel over the Arctic terrain.
Equipped with wide well-gripping tyres, you can travel over the snow with ease. What’s more, the electric assisting system means you can pedal as much or as little as you like.
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Cross-country Ski & Snowshoe Hire
You can hire cross-country skis or snowshoes for some independent exploration. Talk to the staff at the hotel for trail guides and best locations.
Image Credit: Lappikuva - Jani Kärppä
Dates & Prices
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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £100pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. A further deposit payment will be due at the time of us confirming the trip details to you. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your full deposit payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.
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Please note: our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity to secure the best possible fares and flight times.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
This holiday requires a minimum of 2 people to run; maximum 28 people (approximately). Please speak to our Travel Experts for further information.
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
Minimum and maximum age
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Aurora Zone holiday is typically 12 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com.
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.
Medical History and Advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this, we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
Booking Activities Locally
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
The UK Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Brexit information for British Passport holders
For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Terms and Conditions
Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.theaurorazone.com/booking-conditions